Muscat, Total revenue of Omani hotels in three-to-

five-star category rose by 8.7 percent to RO 131.96 million in the first

eight months of 2018 from RO 121.45 million for the same January-

August period of last year.

Hotel occupancy rates also increased by 3.4 percent to 56.5

percent during January-August period of 2018, against 54.6 percent for

the same period of 2017, shows the latest monthly statistics released

by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

However, the total number of guests in Omani hotels in January-

August period of 2018 declined by 5.3 percent to 942,514 from 995,541

for the same period of 2017.

Among various nationalities, Europeans constituted maximum

number of visitors at 317,444 but fell by 13.6 percent compared to the

same eight-month period of 2017. This was followed by Omani guests,

who stood at 260,160. However, the number of Omani hotel guests

declined by 5.8 percent when compared to the same period of last

year.

Likewise, tourists from GCC countries fell by 5.5 percent to 136,869

guests in the first eight months of 2018, from 144,766 for the same

period of last year.

A phenomenal growth was witnessed in the case of African, Asian

and Oceanian visitors, which went up by 33 percent, 13.7 percent and

19.6 percent to 8,685, 118,462 and 9,713 guests, respectively, during

the eight-month period, shows the provisional data released by NCSI.

American visitors rose by 3.4 percent to 34,185 tourists, while

guests from other Arab countries fell by 4.6 percent to 41,261 guests

during the period under review.

Omani hotels received 1.53 million guests and the hotels generated a

total revenue of RO 194.66 million in 2017, added the NCSI report.

Source: Oman News Agency